Best of the Best. UKDN Waterflow scoops three major awards at the UKSTT Awards 2013

Large renovation, Small renovation, Young engineer UKSTT award winners UKDN waterflow

UKDN Waterflow was best of the best at the United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) 2013 awards, scooping three major awards.

Providing total drainage solutions to homes and business throughout the country UKDN Waterflow was presented with three out of the six prestigious awards given at the event held in Birmingham on 26th April. The industry awards, now in their 19th year, were revealed by TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham.

The UKSTT awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by organisations and individuals to the promotion, use and development of Trenchless Technology in the previous calendar year. Assessment of every submission from the long list of entrants  is undertaken by a panel of independent judges, carefully selected to be representative from a broad cross section of the relevant industries, who look to single out the most outstanding examples of excellence.

UKDN Waterflow’s three awards are for Small Renovation (for the Davies Street project), Large Renovation (for the Kensington Canal Sewer project) and Young Engineer of the Year (UKDN Waterflow’s James Larkin).

Nick Reilly, Technical Services Managing Director commented “The Small Renovation and Large Renovation awards demonstrate the innovation, project management and capability within the UKDN Waterflow business, and the Young Engineer award reaffirms our commitment to nurturing new talent within the industry.”

At Davies Street UKDN Waterflow pushed the boundaries of CIPP lining with the first use of an inflation cage to install two large UV liners to protect a 120-metre long Victorian sewer in preparation for Crossrail groundworks.

The team overcame major installation challenges designing a custom-built flume to navigate a three-dimensional labyrinth of services.

At the Kensington Canal sewer project UKDN Waterflow co-ordinated emergency protection works for 70 metres of Victorian brick-built sewer running just below live railway lines, after surveys revealed potentially serious defects allowing the sewer to move as trains passed over.

With the 2012 Olympics looming the team quickly obtained an emergency track possession, liaised with residents and overcame significant access challenges to remediate the failed sewer.

The final award celebrates the Young Engineer of the Year. UKDN Waterflow’s James Larkin is one of the next generation engineers to watch. Already a proven Project Engineer James adds a unique edge to the UKDN Waterflow team, providing maturity in design, innovation and cost control.

James has worked on and more recently Project Managed a number of high profile works as part of Crossrail, including Stratford Place Phases 1 and 2. UKDN Waterflow is delighted that their mentoring and personal development programme is producing such talent within the business.

Mark Lusher, Technical Director at UKDN Waterflow’s Technical Services division commented “James understands the importance of trenchless technology in today’s world. He is passionate about providing a comprehensive service that embraces all stakeholders. The innovation he has shown in projects pushes the boundaries of no-dig and UV lining technology and all associated project work, to deliver a better, more environmentally robust package that is cost effective, and can be used worldwide. We are privileged to have him as part of the UKDN Waterflow team.”

And Greg Beech, UKDN Waterflow’s Chief Executive Officer summed up the awards evening,”These awards demonstrate UKDN Waterflow’s ability to provide best operational delivery, best service and best technical capability. It highlights the dedication and hard work of the talented teams and individuals that make up UKDN Waterflow.”